Looking for Valentine’s Day cooking tips and ideas? Although you might want to have the time to yourself and your love, there’s more to this day than just being cosy. Try some of our favourite dishes below for the next Wine & Dine Sydney Valentine’s Special.

How to Entertain on Valentine’s

What is actually eaten on the day of love? Not everyone is all about seafood. Greeting card companies and advertising billboards will have you believe that oysters and champagne are the pre-requisites come Valentine’s Day. However, when you review stats over the years, you will notice that people are far less predictable with regards to their picks for party food.

In the list below you’ll find the searches and dishes that are the most popular among people gathering for a feast on February the 14th:

1. Chocolate Desserts

Nothing quite hits the mark like a puddle of smooth molten chocolate. This makes choco-desserts the most popular go to food around Valentine’s Day.

To achieve the perfectly oozing centre, you are going to need the greatest technique and minute timing. Use videos to learn how to make it right and impress the people who attend your Valentine’s dinner.

Alternatively, try to make macaroons, cheesecake, or simply make chocolate coated strawberries and dazzle the attendees with your creative prowess.

2. Steak
Another popular staple around Valentine’s Day is steak. Tons of people reach for the choicest, juiciest cuts on this day. Luckily, the internet is awash with hundreds of tantalizing recipes that you can fall on to cook the perfect steak dinner from start right through to finish. What is more, you’ll be able to get recipes for cheaper cuts, leaner suppers, and steak salads.

Whatever you decide, you can be sure to get side dishes with inspiration for potatoes, sauces, and other miscellaneous accompanying treats. As long as you’re able to churn that steak and cook it to your desired level of doneness, you should be good.

3. Beef Wellington

Luxurious and verdant, this beef parcel has always been a preserve of the most special of occasions. Since it requires a party of more than two, you can be sure that it is something that you should consider for your Valentine’s Day party.

Most beef Wellington recipes are made for 6 to 8 people – suggesting that you should be able to prepare it for this year’s dinner party. In case there are any leftovers, you can have it for the days following Valentine’s.

Again, there are great video guides online that will go a long way in showing you how to achieve the perfect pastry and meat. You can also find some on how to spin this classic recipe – such as versions with minced beef, turkey, or spinach for the vegans.

4. Dauphinoise Potatoes

If you wish to make spuds romantic, there is no better way to achieve success than by giving a classically French treatment. Seeing as how this creamy gratin is so popular, you can be sure that it will be over and done with even sooner than your meat preparations.

What is more, you can even work your Dauphinoise potatoes into a main course – such as by adding celeriac and smoked salmon, or by using it on top of a lamb hotpot. Whatever you decide, it will definitely be a hit at your Valentine’s party.

5. Shallots in Red Wine Sauce

Still in line with the French theme we started above, you can create the perfect steak sauce by combing the classic pairing of red wine and shallot. There are other options of course – such as peppercorn, béarnaise, or chimichurri.

6. Roasted Duck

When served with plum sauce, roasted duck will have the people licking their lips and wanting more. Influenced by the Chinese, this dish ranks among the most people main courses that do not have beef.

Of course, you should try a recipe that calls for the restaurant-style of searing the duck first in a frying pan. This will crisp the skin up before you place your pan right into the oven. For a professional finish, slice the meat thinly and evenly before serving.

7. Onion Rings and Chips in the Oven

Think about it – oven chips and browned onion rings snuggled delicious around a steak. You’ll have a hard time coming across something that is as plump and snazzy as this. To this end, you can always find a way to show the people gathered at your place on St. Valentine’s that you actually care by spending time toiling away deep frying and grilling these treats.

8. Sea Bass

Of course, you might not be too enthusiastic about having a main dish that’s too heavy on the meat. In this case, why not prepare sea bass Italian style? Bake the bass in a lemon caper dressing right after you steam it with Asian flavours. This way, you should be able to have something markedly different for your Valentine’s Day spread.

9. Scallops

Scallops are not only delicious pearls of fish, they also provide that elusive touch of luxury your dinner table sorely needs on Valentine’s Day. Serve the scallops in a Fettuccine dish – or try them out as a specialized starter. Alternatively, serve them in their half shells. As long as they are cooked to perfection, you can be sure that they will be all the rage.

Although most will still spend Valentine’s Day with that special someone, nothing quite beats the rush that is this holiday than being able to gather good company around you with a dash of Valentine’s Day, a hint of mature conversation, and a flow of proper wine. Try hosting a dinner party this coming Valentine’s and watch as the entire group is aglow with the richness of your fine culinary skills – sign up to our next event & prove your culinary skills!